Saturday, March 29, 2014

Travel & Music | Tokyo, just let them dance!

“I think that dancing is something that’s been part of human life and religion since prehistoric times.” Then they gave them The Fueiho. I cannot help thinking how all this fares against the backdrop of the so called “pink curtain” and hostess clubs and …

Friday, March 28, 2014

Travel & Music | Bristol takes any crumpet

To me Bristol always means Massive Attack and Tricky. It is what is … But of course, Bristol does not stand still – its scions unify and bring it!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Music | Female singer-songwriters №20: The 50 top female singer-songwriters according to The Telegraph

Sporadically, I presented a female singer-songwriter that came to my mind right there and then, for whatever reason. The choices had absolutely nothing to do with any Top list. Then I found The Telegraph list. These female singer-songwriters come in no particular Top 50 order, I assume or at least hope, and this is a great reminder list. “Oh, YES, yes, her! She is good!” “That’s right! How could I forget?!” “Umm, yes, I was meaning to …” “Never heard of, but OK, let’s find out.” “Really?!” No Top list is ever perfect in everyone’s eyes, or for that matter ears, but it is a start for exploration. Any music provider or your own music collection is your next stop.

In alphabetic order: Adele, Aimee Mann, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Ani DiFranco, Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Beth Orton, Björk, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Carole King, Cat Power, Chrissie Hynde, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Joan Armatrading, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Judee Sill, Kate and Anne McGarrigle , Kate Bush, k.d. lang, Kirsty MacColl, KT Tunstall, Lady Gaga, Laura Marling, Lauryn Hill, Loretta Lynn, Madonna, Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Patti Smith, Patty Griffin, PJ Harvey, Regina Spektor, Rickie Lee Jones, Roberta Flack, Sade, Sandy Denny, Sarah McLachlan, Shania Twain, Sinéad O’Connor, Siouxsie Sioux, Stevie Nicks, Tori Amos, Tracy Chapman

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Random | On thinking

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What would people think about if people weren’t taught what to think about?
- Arthur Morgan

Today, don’t think about that.
Today, think about not thinking. 
Then think not-thinking.

SOURCE: Transform Your Life: A Year of Awareness Practice by Cheri Huber

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Random | Sleep well so your Monday begins well. It’s all about the unicorns.

Unicorns I love them,
Unicorns I love them,
I love them!
Uni-Unicorns I could pet one
if they were really real...
And they are!
So I bought one so I could pet it.
And it loves me,
And I love it...

Monday, March 10, 2014

Music | Female singer-songwriters №19: Róisín Murphy

“Do you like my tight sweater? See how it fits my body,” she said to Mark Brydon, and so began Moloko. Not a shy flower now is she this Róisín Murphy. But “the time is now” and Moloko is no more; instead, we have her solo. The interview was shot by Diary of Mu (June 2011) during her Istanbul shoot with XoXo magazine, and is mighty interesting (via Gangster Says Relax). presents RóISIN MURPHY from Diary of Mu on Vimeo.
SIMULATION (2011-2012)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Music | Female singer-songwriters №18: Foxy Brown, Missy Elliott & Lil’ Kim


This trio. I don’t care who gets on with whom. Hell, I don’t know what the story was, is and don’t care. What remains is what they recorded and keep on recording. They are those sassy Mommies (get Missy Elliott’s “Mommy” for reference).

At Home | Space edited as a Transformer or a Swiss Army Knife or … too edited?

Chez Gary Chang, Hong Kong
Life Edited was a-blog-to-a-blog stumble that happened very early some morning. Its premise is application of “smart design technology to create compelling fulfilling lives that allow you to live within your means both financially and environmentally … live large in small spaces.” The site’s founder, Graham Hill, is one of those people that can afford the minimalist über-ness; he wrote about his minimalisms for the New York Times (Living With Less. A Lot Less. Published March 9, 2013), and then was promptly called out on what was seen as smugness only one who has the means to afford the minimalist trappings can afford. Katy Waldman summarized the whole trajectory in her piece for Slate (Is Minimalism Really Sustainable? Published March 27, 2013) and included a thought provoking quote from a Tumblr post by Charlie Lloyd who wrote “Poor people don’t have clutter because they’re too dumb to see the virtue of living simply; they have it to reduce risk.” Yes, minimalism can be as an aesthetic another socioeconomic divide. Katy also points out that Graham’s “manifesto” was preceded by writings of another minimalism aficionado, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, the founder of Apartment Therapy, who described his lifestyle also in the New Your Times back in 2006 – but Maxwell has since learned the virtue of moderation. Read and make your own opinion.

However, one cannot deny the ingenuity of those who design for tiny spaces. 

Take the Hong Kong apartment of architect Gary Chang (344 square feet / 32 square meters) that transforms into 24 configurations and in which each detail has been researched and considered and inspires. Life Edited gives this apartment’s backstory that is worthwhile considering vis-à-vis any perceived minimalist smugness: Gary has lived in the apartment since he was 14, and at the time shared the space with his three sisters, two parents and a boarder. Next is the bachelor pad in Barcelona that belonged (?) to photographer Christian Shallert (258 square feet / 23 square meters) – size that was tested by cohabitation, and failed.
Chez Christian Shallerts, Barcelona
King's Cube
Then comes the third downsize option – “King’s Cube” (16 square feet / 1.5 square meters). A very real option in land strapped Hong Kong, and supremely presented by MFA student Joe Yiu – tongue in cheek. 

How much domicile space do you really require? How much do you need inside of your domicile? Why do you or would you go either way?
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